Community Calendar: January 22, 2014

Jan. 22, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Wednesday, January 22

Chess Club Meeting: Rutherford County Chess Club meets at 5:30 p.m. at 175 N. Main Street in Rutherfordton (law office of Marvin Sparrow and John Byrd); players of all ages and skill levels welcome; 64 squares.

25th Annual Poetry Contest: Sponsored by the Writers' Workshop of Asheville; open to any writer regardless of residence; entry fee is $25 for up to three entries, multiple entries accepted; entries must be postmarked by Feb. 28, 2014; visit for entry rules.

Reserve the Scout Hut: The Rutherfordton Scout Hut located on Toms Street and next to Kiwanis Park is currently available for community events; for more information and to rent the hut, contact Eric Wells at 828-223-9064 or Eric Gibson at 828-289-1179.

Thursday, January 23

Magic Loop Knitting: Rutherford County Visual Arts Center class for experienced knitters today from 10 a.m. until noon, 160 North Main Street in Rutherfordton; $30 for Guild members, $40 for non-members; call 828-288-5009 to register.

Beach Bingo: Lane's Hog Heaven BBQ in downtown Forest City (formerly Ole Blue's BBQ); cards are 50 cents per game and event runs from 6-8 p.m.; all proceeds go to the Community Pet Center's spay/neuter programs.

Saturday, January 25

One-Day Childbirth Education Class; 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and free for families having babies at Rutherford Regional Medical Center; registration required for classes; call Lucy Calhoun at 822-286-5065 or email

Norris Library Art Show: Featuring the oil, acrylic and scratchboard works of artist Nikki Hicks; on display at the Norris Public Library, 132 North Main Street in Rutherfordton; 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. until noon Saturday; art on display January through March; call 828-288-5009 for more information.

Sunday, January 26

RCVA Center Window Artists: Rutherford County Visual Arts Center features potter Brenda Ellis and wildlife photographer Eddie Ellis this month; 160 North Main Street in Rutherfordton, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; call 828-288-5009 for more information.

Forest City Heat Basketball Tryouts: Cool Springs Gym, 400 West Main Street in Forest City; boys in fourth and fifth grade from 2-3:30 p.m., boys in sixth and seventh grade from 3:30-5 p.m.; call 223-1130 for more information.

Monday, January 27

Caring for Aging Parents Education and Support Program (CAPES): Monthly education and support group program for anyone caring for or concerned about an aging parent; Mission Health in Asheville, 1 Hospital Drive, Room 4402; program runs 5-6:30 p.m.; contact Jerri Jameson at 828-213-4815 or 828-775-7213.

Freedom from Smoking Class: Every Monday, 4 to 5 p.m., Rutherford Regional's Cancer Resource Center; for more information, call 828-245-4596 or e-mail

Al-a-non meets at First United Methodist Church, 264 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton; Mondays at 7 p.m.; 288-2767.

Clothing Sale: Chase Corner Ministries is having a $1 sale on adult clothing and a 50 cent sale on children's clothing; sale runs January 6 until January 31; some restrictions and limitations do apply.

Tuesday, January 28

Mobile Food Pantry: Co-sponsored by Chase Corner Ministries with Henrietta First Baptist Church, 2736 Harris Henrietta Road; giveaway begins around 10 a.m.

Habitat for Humanity Information Session: Learn if you qualify for an interest free loan; 6 p.m. at Spindale Elementary School, 201 North Oak Street; for more information and items to bring with you, call 828-248-3178.

Developing a Customer Service Plan for Your Business: Seminar at Isothermal Community College, Communication Technology Building, Room 108; begins at 6 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m.; contact Dee Spurlin at 828-395-1416 or